American Eggs Benedict Recipe: A Pantry-Friendly Take on the Classic

Meya Cortez (@meyarrr)

Meya Cortez (@meyarrr), Jerome Jocson (@emowredge)

Jica Simpas (@jicasimpas)

Eggs benedict is a classic American breakfast. It consists of toasted muffins (usually smothered with butter), a poached egg, bacon, and hollandaise sauce. (Hollandaise sauce, aka Dutch sauce, is an emulsion of eggs, melted butter, and lemon juice.) It’s like a breakfast sandwich, but a little bit more classy. This recipe is kind of like your typical homemade American eggs benedict, except we did a few adjustments to make it more approachable to local home-cooks.

This American eggs benedict recipe swaps the toasted muffins for pancakes. And to make things easier, we even encourage you to make it using a boxed pancake mix! Although if you want to make it from scratch, you can go ahead and do that, too. Plus, there’s no intimidating egg-poaching here—just your typical sunny-side-up eggs!

The only tricky part, we’d say, about this recipe is making the hollandaise sauce from scratch. But we walk you through some tips to make sure it goes off without a hitch. Our hollandaise sauce has a little more kick from a teaspoon of mustard, giving it a subtle potent flavor.

American Eggs Benedict Recipe



Serving Size

4 people

Active Time

30 mins

Total Time

30 mins

Instructions for American Eggs Benedict

  1. Whisk your egg yolks, lemon juice, and mustard together well in a metal bowl until it is combined and thick.
  2. Place the metal bowl over a saucepan of simmering hot water, making sure the bowl does not touch the water.
  3. Keep whisking the mixture, and slowly drizzle in the melted butter, making sure it doesn’t get too hot that your eggs scramble.
  4. Take hollandaise off the heat and set it aside.
  5. Make pancakes according to the box instructions. Set pancakes aside.
  6. Fry the bacon in a separate pan, taking them out before they get too crispy.
  7. Fry eggs sunny side up in the same pan as you cooked your bacon, using the fat to cook your eggs.
  8. To assemble, place one or two pancakes on a plate. Top with bacon, fried egg, and then drizzle with hollandaise.

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